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Thursday24 July 2014

Architects invited to apply for Doha design residency

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RIBA and British Council backing cultural exchange

Architects are invited to apply for a week long design residency and competition in Doha as part of the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture.

The Old Doha Prize is being administered by the British Council and the Qatar Museums Authority together with the RIBA, the Bartlett and the Doha Architecture Centre.

The prize will allow five UK architects to collaborate with practices in Qatar to research and explore new ways to address the changing urban landscape of Old Doha.

Graham Sheffield, director arts for the British Council and spokesperson for Qatar UK 2013, said: “The programme aims to forge new and support existing partnerships in the arts, education, sport and science, while promoting an awareness and appreciation of each country’s culture, achievements and heritage.”

For more information see here.

How to apply

The ‘Old Doha Prize’ is open to architects with more than two years’ experience. Applicants must have the full support and endorsement of their architecture practice.

Interested architects should submit an Expression of Interest in the format of an A4 PDF portfolio no longer than 10 pages. The submission must include the following mandatory information:

1. Up to five examples of key projects (realised or speculative) that you feel represent your approach.

2. CV of the architect(s) attending.

3. A short statement (in English or Arabic) that will briefly outline why you are applying to take part in the Old Doha Prize and your perspective on the issue of balancing cultural heritage with contemporary design and development. (Max 500 words)

Submissions should be in PDF format and not to exceed 2MB in size. These should be emailed to QatarUK2013_UK@britishcouncil.org by 4pm (GMT) on Thursday 30 August 2013 in the UK and 4pm (GMT) on Sunday 15 September 2013 in Qatar.

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